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Downstate steer tops at U.P. State Fair

ESCANABA — The grand and reserve champion steers were selected Tuesday during the Beef Cattle Junior Show at the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba. The grand champion is owned by Cami Miller of Clare, Mich. Danielle Scales, of Barbeau, Mich., raised the reserve champion. Miller, 18, ...

Officials dedicate Delta County Forest

CORNELL TOWNSHIP — People involved with the establishment of the Delta County Forest attended a dedication ceremony for the community forest Tuesday. Delta County finalized its purchase of the 1,400 acres of land in Cornell Township — now being used for the community forest — from the ...

State to close U.P. prison by Dec. 1

GOGEBIC COUNTY — The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) announced Tuesday that Ojibway Correctional Facility in Gogebic County will close in December. The prisoner population continues to decline statewide, allowing for a second facility to be closed in 2018 MDOC officials said. MDOC ...

Cancer Alliance Luminary is tonight

ESCANABA — The Delta County Cancer Alliance Luminary Fundraiser will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Ludington Park. Luminary bags are available now at the Delta County Cancer Alliance office, 3430 Ludington St., or tonight at the bandshell. The Escanaba City Band will also be ...

No injuries reported in basement fire at home

WELLS — No one was injured in a basement fire Tuesday in Wells Township. At approximately 12:30 p.m., Escanaba Public Safety officers were dispatched to 6507 H.25 Road in Wells after a report of smoke in the basement of a residence. When officers arrived, they discovered a single-family ...

Snyder appealing U.P. flood aid decision

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is asking the federal government to reconsider a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deny individual assistance to three counties in the Upper Peninsula. Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties suffered severe flood damage from ...

U.P. State Fair begins

Jordan Beck | Daily Press From right, Landen Hughes and Sophia Manninen put their dart-throwing skills to the test as game operator Greg Jensen looks on during Opening Night at the U.P. State Fair Monday. Today is the first full day of the fair, which will continue through Sunday, Aug. 19.

Gladstone rejects housing project land sale

GLADSTONE — After hearing about a proposed mixed-income housing facility meant to replace Bayview and Fairview Manors during a work session last month, the Gladstone City Commission officially decided not to move forward with an option agreement for six acres of land in the North Shore ...

Esky schools to repair auditorium roof damage

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board discussed the first phase of a project to repair the roof of the auditorium at the Escanaba Upper Elementary School (EUE) during its committee of the whole meeting Monday. According to Escanaba Superintendent Coby Fletcher, the auditorium’s roof is in ...

Gladstone sells former Stropich building

GLADSTONE — The former Stropich gas station building in Gladstone will soon have a new owner. The Gladstone City Commission voted to accept a proposal for the purchase of the building from Rock Electric Service, LLC during its regular meeting Monday. Before the board’s vote was taken, ...

Gladstone DDA reviews achievements

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission heard a review of what the Gladstone Downtown Development Authority (DDA) achieved last year during the commission’s regular meeting Monday. “On behalf of the Gladstone DDA board, (I’m) excited to be able to present the 2017 Calendar Year ...

Unidentified body found in Eastern U.P. lake

ST. IGNACE — Police are attempting to identify a body found in a lake near St. Ignace Monday. Mackinac County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to Chain Lake at about 3 p.m. after a body was discovered floating in the lake by kayakers. The body is of a male who is approximately ...

Charges filed in fatal U.P. cabin shooting

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Charges have been filed in a fatal shooting that occurred in Chippewa County Saturday. Aaron Roberts, 34, of Lansing was arraigned in the 91st District Court of Chippewa County Monday on one count of homicide and one count of felony firearm related to the death of ...

Mural taking shape in downtown Esky

ESCANABA — A local artist is bringing the exterior wall of a downtown business to life. A mural of the Upper Peninsula and the silhouette of the Sand Point Lighthouse is being painted on the outer wall of De Grand, Reardon & Hall, P.C. Law Office at 517 Ludington St. According to artist ...

Volunteers needed to construct playground

ESCANABA — The Webster Kindergarten Center will be holding a community-wide build at the Webster Elementary School on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. The school is looking for volunteers who are willing to donate their time to help assemble, build and install new playground ...

For the Love of Cupcakes likes downtown locale

ESCANABA — Local bakery For the Love of Cupcakes has made Escanaba a bit sweeter over the past few years. Kelli Van Ginhoven, the bakery’s owner, said her storefront opened on Ludington Street on Oct. 3, 2016. However, she had been baking for years before establishing the ...

Fatal shooting probed at Trout Lake rental cabin

TROUT LAKE — Troopers from the Michigan State Police Sault Ste. Marie Post are investigating a fatal shooting that took place in Chippewa County over the weekend. At approximately 4 p.m. Saturday, troopers were dispatched to a rental cabin in Trout Lake after a report of a shooting. Upon ...

U.P. State Fair kicks off Monday

ESCANABA — Delta County residents and visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy both new activities and long-running traditions when the U.P. State Fair returns. This week-long event will begin on Monday, Aug. 13 and run through Sunday, Aug. 19. In an e-mail interview, Executive Director of ...

Hops on the Harbor returns to Manistique

MANISTIQUE — The Manistique Elks Lodge 632 is holding the 3rd Annual Hops on the Harbor, Saturday Aug. 18, at the Manistique Marina. Festivities start at noon and end at 5 p.m. Michigan brewers will have over 35 beer and ciders to choose from. Reduced price advance tickets are available for ...